Research and Consulting Blog

By Kathryn McCarthy, MPA '15, Associate Consultant  In line with the need for the President to bring the nation up to speed on the State of the Union, it is important to bring attention to the current projects and new developments of the Fels Consulting team. While the State of the Union might garner somewhat more press coverage than a blog post on the State of Fels Consulting, the latter...
By Alan Sable MPA '14, Associate Consultant Philadelphia City Council is poised to pass an historic land bank bill that supporters tout as a long awaited solution to Philadelphia’s vacant land epidemic. Land banks are “entities that can hold and manage vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties, making it faster, easier and cheaper for prospective new owners to purchase these properties and get...
By Morgan Jones '15, Associate Consultant Fels has begun consulting with the Free Library of Philadelphia to create a strategic plan for transforming local libraries in high-unemployment, high-poverty neighborhoods into resource centers for job seekers, many of whom are challenged by digital and traditional literacy deficits. The effort will employ a Collective Impact model. First presented by...
Governing Magazine recently published an article by Fels associate consultant Alan Sable on their website titled, "Are Philadelphia's Taxes Really So Unfriendly to Business?" You can read the complete article here.
By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor If we weren’t convinced about mobile, Facebook should convince us now.  The company’s performance during the third quarter is the latest evidence that the online world is moving from the desktop to the pocket or pocketbook.  Not long ago, users routinely went to to Facebook on their computers, their desktops.  At the beginning of 2012, FB did not...
By Susit Dhakal, Associate Consultant In September, I completed my first year as an Associate Consultant at Fels Consulting.  As I reflect on my time so far, the following comes to mind: Practice My first year classes at Fels exposed me to the following areas:•    Quantitative Data Analysis (Performance Management class)•    Public-Private Partnerships (Public...
By Eric Rabe Caroline is 9 and Abby is 7.  They are busy in fourth and second grades, and they know the words to just about every Taylor Swift song.  So the other day when they visited, we sat down in front of the 62” TV in the family room.  But no one wanted to watch TV.  They’re into Chromecast. Armed with a Nexus tablet, we choose a YouTube video to play on the big screen....
Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images  By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor So it ends for now. The government shutdown is over.   It turned out as many Americans expected. Default on federal debt did not materialize. The health care law remains unchanged. Politics as usual in Washington. Over more than two weeks of the shutdown, the message from Democrats and the President that...
By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor Modern political parties poll frequently and keep a close watch online. Yet as the budget stalemate continues in Washington, Republicans have yet to find effective messaging to off-set the Democratic characterization of the party as irresponsible and intransigent political hardliners. Two weeks ago when the government shutdown began, the GOP positioned itself as...
Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor In two news conferences yesterday, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner stuck to their opinion poll-backed messaging on the government shutdown. Each side is engaged in frequent, even daily, polling on who the public blames for the shutdown. It’s the most common way to determine the success of the positioning and messages each side is using. As the...
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